Even as they paid meticulous respect to older stars who devised the musical language they're now rewriting, in the end the night's spirit belonged to the future.
From Tifa walking away with four awards and the 'Girl Boss' (Amelia 'Milk' Sewell) standing proxy for the 'World Boss' (Vybz Kartel) – having receiving the award for Favourite Dancehall Artiste (2012) - to RDX and Voicemail having female patron rotating their hips uncontrollably and Bounty Killa's surprise performance with I-Octane for their single 'Badmind Dem A Pree', patrons were found in a 'Jump' frenzy long before welcoming the crowd-surfing anthem 'Chill Spot' and taking time out to reflect on a Bob Marley's legacy.
Arguably the top performances went to an unexpected flash mob-esque dance routine and I-Octane; smashed through with a cacophonous, jubilant showcasing of the reason he walked away with Favourite Cultural Artiste and sharing Celebrity Role Model with the living legend himself, Usain Bolt; prior performances might have displayed itself as monochromatic compared to I-Octane's.
With his dramatized-riddled performances, he effortlessly heralded a standing ovation from patrons whom sang verbatim to his slew of stereo rockers. The sixth staging of the YVAs certainly stayed true to their reputation of creating an unforgettable night which will linger in patrons' minds for the reminder of the year.
Here's the list of Winners
Favourite Media Personality – ZJ Bambino
Favourite Breakout Celebrity of the 2012 – Warren Weir
Favourite Dance Group – Shady Squad
Favourite Entertainment Show – Intense
Favourite Local Artiste of the Year (Female) – Tifa
Favourite Local Artiste of the Year (Male) - Konshens
Fashion Icon of the Year (Female) - Tifa
Favourite Sound System - Coppershot
Favourite Local Chart Topping Song of the Year 2012 - Tommy Lee "Psycho"
Favourite Gospel Artiste of the Year – DJ Nicholas (fourth straight win)
Young Hot and Hype Male of the Year - Konshens
Young Hot and Hype Female of the Year - Tifa
Favourite Dancehall Artiste (Male) – Vybz Kartel
Favourite Selector (DJ) – Liquid
Fashion Icon of the Year – Dexter Pottinger
Favourite Dance of the Year (Male) - Randy Rich
Favourite Music Collaboration of the Year – Konshens and Darrio "Siddung"
Favourite Dancer of the Year (Female) - Mystic Davis
Favourite Music Video of the Year – Jump (RDX)
Favourite Cultural Artiste of the Year – I-Octane
Favourite Music Producer of the Year – UIM Records
Favourite Video Director of the Year – RD Studios
Hottest Summer Song of 2012 – When We Party (Popcaan)
Celebrity Role Model of the Year – I-Octane and Usain Bolt (tie)
Favourite Local International Artiste of the Year – Sean Paul